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In Their Own Words: Railsplitters at Camp Clark

Missouri Military Academy’s World War II re-enactment group, the Railsplitters, traveled to rural western Missouri for a weekend re-enactment of the Battle of the Bulge.  LTC Tim Scherrer, Railsplitters coordinator, provided an account of the weekend’s events from both an MMA and a World War II soldier’s perspective.  Click the link in the story to see more photos from the weekend.

“The Railsplitters Living History Company participated in the 2013 Battle of the Bulge recreation at Camp Clark near Nevada, MO.  The event was held January 18-20 and had near perfect weather for January, although it is odd not having snow on the ground for a Battle of the Bulge recreation.

Overall the company fielded 29 troops, including two rifle squads, a scout/sniper section, and a support element.  We had 13 MMA cadets and two Mexico High School JROTC cadets.  One squad was lead by Illinois State Army ROTC Cadet Art Avery and the second, MMA alumnus Kyle Hughes ’12.  Kyle is transferring to Marion Military Institute this summer and attending Army ROTC leader training camp, so he is pursuing a commissions as an officer too.  Also attending was former MMA student Jordan Uthe.

Missouri Military Academy Railsplitters

The company did four missions.  The first was a movement to contact although the enemy had already occupied the crossroads so it became a hasty attack.  We were able to push the Germans off the objective quickly by using high ground with Art’s one squad and Kyle led a terrific flanking movement that pinned the Germans against a barrier.  The second mission we defended a town and hilltop.  We were destined to lose by the scoring system, but the company gave a good accounting of itself.  Tyler Grogan ’13 as the designated marksman was able to barricade the road leading into our position through sniper fire.  The third mission was to recover a downed parachute of supplies.  The victor got a box of Hershey bars.  We found the parachute in 17 minutes, much to the dismay of the umpires who gave the mission 90 minutes.  The final missions was an attack on a bridge in which Kyle’s squad gained some key high ground which dominated the bridge, causing resistance to collapse quickly.  By the end of the day, we had humped about 8 miles and were glad to be off our feet.

PHOTOS:  More action from Camp Clark

On Saturday night we had a visit by “‘Splitterclaus.”  The Battle of the Bulge was fought during Christmas 1944.  I had 84th vet Allen Howerton state he had a similar visit on Thanksgiving of 1944 from a Santa who brought him his Thanksgiving meal in Germany.  We also watched two period films, Buck Privates and This is the Army.  We all believe that the star of This is Army, Reagan, will never amount to much of anything but a B film actor.

Overall I was very proud of the cadets, and the company overall.  We performed very well in the field and did many things that re-enacting units never do, like serve hot chow in the field.  They set the standard and we received many compliments on the Railsplitters’ performance and authenticity.  The only complaint I received was they weren’t very quick to take hits and die in the field…and I am OK with that.

A big thanks to MAJ Mike Shoemaker and Paul Petit, Sr. for being such a help on the trip.  Cadet Hugh Harris ’15 took all the pictures and did a great job with them.


Cadets Collect Nearly 3000 Donations for Food Bank

Cadets spent the month of December collecting food donations for the less fortunate of mid-Missouri.  The Corps ended up gathering 3,000 cans of food, or roughly 2,700 pounds, for the Central Missouri Food Bank.

Missouri Military Academy Community Service

Battalion and Company staff led the charge with the collection of donations this year. Pictured (left to right): Ethan Rachell ’13, Tyler Grogan ’13, Ricardo Padilla ’14, Rick Massey-Scott ’13, Diego Martinez ’13, Francisco Del Rio ’13; (back row) Andres Garcia ’13, Mexico (Mo.) Help Center representative Gary Jones , John Dillon ’13, Jose Garcia (JO) ’13

Railsplitters Welcome Grant for Purchase of New Weapons

One Missouri Military Academy program will be receiving some generous assistance this summer.

A grant request for additional weapons for MMA’s Railsplitters was approved by the Garand Collectors Association (GCA) of Kansas City.

Railsplitters Coordinator LTC Tim Scherrer says the WWII re-enactment group has been gifted M-1 Garands for use in Railsplitters events throughout the year.  He says GCA approved $940 for the purchase of these weapons in order to advance the program.

The Railsplitters will have additional M-1 Garand rifles to use in WWII re-enactments, like this Battle of the Bulge re-creation above held at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo.

This is not the first time GCA has contributed funds to the Railsplitters.  Scherrer says MMA has received six rifles over the past two years from the organization, with two additional rifles donated from individual GCA members.

In addition to providing weapons for the Railsplitters, GCA also sponsors a foundation that supports firearms education.

Scherrer expects the equipment to arrive in time for the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

Scherrer Shares Moments from WWII Re-Enactment

The Missouri Military Academy Railsplitters, an extracurricular group specializing in battle re-enactments, traveled to Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo. January 13-14.  Below is Railsplitters organizer LTC Tim Scherrer's account of the weekend’s events, which involved the recreation of World War II’s Battle of the Bulge.  For the full report, click “Continue Reading” at the bottom right corner of this story.

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Khanal, Cadets Earn High Scores on PSAT

Missouri Military Academy cadets have received their scores from the PSAT taken October 12. The Preliminary SAT is a test to help students prepare for the SAT test, which is a requirement for admissions to many U.S. colleges and universities.  Director of College Placement LTC Tim Scherrer says a number of cadets placed in very high percentiles in various sections of the test, including Nischal Khanal ’13, who tested in the 99th percentile overall.  This means he scored better than 99 percent of students who took the PSAT.

Eoghan Matthews ’13 scored in the 96th percentile of students taking the test.  He tested in the 98th percentile in the Critical Reading portion and the 92nd percentile in Math.

We also recognize the following cadets for their placement in individual test sections:

Benjamin Mertens ’13 (95th% Critical Reading), Chadwick Cardott ’14 (90% Critical Reading), John Dillon ’13 (90% Critical Reading), Xin Luo ’14 (99th% Math), Eduardo Nestrovic ’14 (98% Math), LiLi Deng ’14 (96th% Math), Nicholas Mabbs ’14 (95th% Math), Yushuo Lu ’14 (92nd% Math)

Railsplitters Hear Experiences of Medal of Honor Recipient

Missouri Military Academy’s Railsplitters visited Columbia, Mo. this week to hear from an American soldier recently awarded the Medal of Honor.  Salvatore Giunta, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, spoke for about an hour and a half in Jesse Hall Auditorium on the campus of the University of Missouri.  The Railsplitters and the rest of the crowd heard Giunta’s story and learned about his service in the military, and what that experience means to him.

The cadets also had the chance to meet Giunta after the presentation.  President Barack Obama awarded Giunta the Medal of Honor in 2010 after he saved the life of a fellow platoon member after a 2007 attack by insurgents in Afghanistan.

Cadets Learn More About Naval Opportunities

MMA hosted a presentation this week to educate cadets about a potential future with one branch of the armed forces.  Representatives from the University of Missouri’s Navy ROTC met with cadets interested in a future with the Navy, and provided them with information about how to learn more about college programs the Navy offers .  Director of College Placement LTC Tim Scherrer says about 20 cadets attended the session.

Captain Mike Vizacarra and several other officers from MU’s Navy ROTC talk with the cadets in the library.